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Factsheet for measure IT-2020-11/1495 – measures in Italy

Giovanni Rana: Extraordinary plan of wage increases in pasta manufacturing company

Giovanni Rana: piano straordinario di aumenti salariali

Country Italy , applies locally

    • – ITC16 Cuneo
      – ITC47 Brescia
      – ITC48 Pavia
      – ITC4C Milano
      – ITH31 Verona
Time period Temporary, 09 March 2020 – 30 April 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Company practices
Category Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Remuneration and rewards for workers in essential services
Author Anna Mori (University of Milan)
Measure added 28 November 2020 (updated 27 January 2021)

Background information

During the worst phases of the first COVID-19 total lockdown in Italy, the CEO of the pasta manufacturing plant with its same name Giovanni Rana launched an extraordinary plan for wage increases. The extraordinary plan of wage increases for €2 million was conceived as a special recognition for the work commitment of the 700 employees working in the five plants in Italy, who guaranteed continuity in food supplies during the pandemic emergency.

Content of measure

The extraordinary plan of investment of the company, amounting to €2 million, was allocated to the 700 employees working in the five establishments in Italy. The extraordinary plan was applied starting from the 9 March 2020 and covered also the month of April 2020. It provided for a 25% wage increase for each day worked by each employee and an extraordinary monthly ticket of €400 covering the babysitting costs. Furthermore, the company has activated an insurance policy in favor of the whole personnel, including the workers in smart working, in the event of contagion from COVID-19, to supplement the health and safety measures already implemented, as according to the national legislation.

Use of measure

The extraordinary plan covered the 700 employees working in the five Giovanni Rana establishments in Italy.


  • Bonuses
  • Health and safety
  • Pay increases

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Particular professions
Sector specific set of companies
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Company / Companies

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Company level


The social partners had no role in designing, implementing and monitoring phases of the measure. It represents a unilateral decision adopted by the management of the company, represented by its CEO Giovanni Rana.

Views and reactions

Despite the fact that the social partners had no role in designing, implementing and monitoring phases of the extraordinary plan, their view is expected to be fully supportive. The plan not only strengthened the health and safety measures for the workers, but importantly it allocated financial resources devoted to reward the personnel working during the COVID-19 emergency phases.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      C - Manufacturing C10 Manufacture of food products
    • Occupation (ISCO level 2)
      Food processing, wood working, garment and other craft and related trades workers



Eurofound (2020), Giovanni Rana: Extraordinary plan of wage increases in pasta manufacturing company, measure IT-2020-11/1495 (measures in Italy), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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